Foreclosure, Loan Mod Tax Breaks Still Mired in Politics

Our column from the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Oct. 25, 2014: As November elections approach, Californians facing foreclosure or working on loan modifications anxiously wait to see if they will face massive tax bills. Lawmakers, who failed to extend the federal Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act at the end of last year, remain head-down in politics and focused on control of their legislative bodies. Meanwhile, tax break extension bills have been sitting in committees for months. Today, for Californians, only short sales are protected from hefty tax bills, shielded by different legislation that does not expire. ...

Thanksgiving Feast for Needy Scheduled Nov. 22

Our column from the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Oct. 11, 2014: A small group with a big heart can do huge things. The Third Annual Dream Big Thanksgiving Feast for the Needy is scheduled Nov. 22, 2014, at Riverside Community Church. Organizers hope to feed at least 500 people this year. Last year, with no marketing, more than 250 residents enjoyed a home-cooked meal of 19 turkeys, 150 pounds of mashed potatoes, assorted sides, and 32 pumpkin pies. The leftovers went to local homeless shelters. ...

6 Tips to Sell Your Home During the Holidays

Our column from the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Oct. 4, 2014: When the holidays approach, some people take a break from the real estate market to focus on family activities. But those who must sell a home between November and January can turn negatives into positives. The holiday season presents opportunities not available the rest of the year. Here are some tips to help you turn the end of the year into a merry holiday selling season: ...

Probate: Even After Death, Short Sale can be Beneficial

Our column from the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Oct. 18, 2014: Enduring the passing of a loved one can be difficult and emotionally devastating. Inheriting an upside-down home just adds undue pressure. But as the real estate market has leveled out, should the heirs sell an underwater home, or just let it go to foreclosure? It depends on the answers to the following questions: ...